Issue 56, Autumn 2022
The first official Edinburgh Military Tattoo with just eight items in the programme was held in 1950 on the Edinburgh Castle esplanade, and during the course of that season it entertained some 6,000 visitors. Over the years the event steadily gained in popularity and reputation so that by the 2019 season, almost a quarter of a million people watched the multiple live performances together with a further 100 million who viewed television broadcasts of the event!
The Edinburgh Tattoo celebrates the skills and talents of military bands and display teams from throughout the world and audiences get into the spirit of the evening and cheer to the sounds of the military pipes and drums, clap to the Highland Dancers and watch in awe at some of the daredevil feats of accomplished motorcyclists or intricate marching formations. An essential component on the night is the rousing gathering of the Massed Pipes and Drums, among them The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines. The show’s big bangs and fireworks display thunder across Edinburgh each night, particularly on Fridays and Saturdays when the Tattoo holds an extended fireworks display.
The good news is that the Tattoo returned after an absence of 2 years due to cancellations caused by the pandemic. It had been sorely missed as it is one of the highlights of the Edinburgh season. It had also been missed by our Lochs and Glens guests as the holidays that include a visit to the tattoo are invariably the first to sell out. During the 2023 season there will be opportunities to share the excitement and thrills of the event as holidays that include a visit to the tattoo are based at our Inversnaid, Ardgartan and Loch Tummel Hotels during the month of August.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is the ultimate Scottish icon and one of the most recognised castles in Scotland. It probably appears on more shortbread tins and calendars than any other, and is certainly one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands.
The island’s original castle was built in the thirteenth century and became a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie. However, in response to the Mackenzies’ involvement in the Jacobite Rebellion, three Royal Navy frigates were sent to deal with the uprising and in May 1719, three heavily armed warships moored a short distance off the castle and bombarded it with cannons following which Eilean Donan lay in silent ruin for the best part of two hundred years.
The castle that visitors enjoy today was reconstructed as a family home between 1912 and 1932 and incorporated much of the ruins from the 1719 destruction.
Tours of the Eilean Donan will be included in several Highland Hotel itineraries during 2023.
Readers’ Views - A selection of your letters and photos
I thought I would share a photo taken during our latest L & G holiday at the Highland Hotel in Fort William in March 2022. Staff, food quality, rooms & cleanliness were all first class and I must give special praise to our driver John & relief driver Niall who were both exceptional professional. The photo was taken on the A82 from Tyndrum to Fort William which passes through Rannoch Moor & Glen Coe - The ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP. Looking forward to the next holiday in July at Ardgartan. Gordon Hadgett, Burton upon Trent. Staffordshire.
Looking forward to our next holiday Hi, we have just returned from our five day holiday to the Inversaid hotel and would like to say what a wonderful time we had! The hotel and staff were amazing and we didn’t even realise they were short staffed due to Covid until the lovely girl came on to the bus the morning we were going home to apologise to tell us! We enjoyed all the trips and our driver Chris was very informative and so friendly! We are looking forward to our next holiday with you in July and will certainly be booking again for next year!! Thank you. Margaret & Brian Thurston, Norwich
As Good as Ever After not having a holiday with Lochs and Glens for some time, we journeyed to the Ardgarten Hotel on the 20 January and have to say it was as good as ever. The hotel, food and entertainment were as good as we remembered if not better and it was an excellent relaxing holiday. There were a few people on the same coach who had never experienced Lochs and Glens before and were surprised how good they were and would certainly book again. We also will be looking forward to booking with you again. Thanks once again. Kathryn & Ian Marchbank, Pontefract